Monday, January 16, 2017

Group or personal study: Matthew 5:4-5

For the next few months (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), I am going to present a small class Bible study looking over Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. 

Group/private Study

QUESTION: Are you sorry you did wrong or that you got caught?

For many people the truth they are sorry for both. Today’s scripture deals with our attitude toward our misdeeds, the things we have done wrong or as the Bible calls it sin. 

READ: Matthew 5:4-5
God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth

The mourning (extreme sadness), Jesus is talking about here is the sadness over our sins. This ties into the last verse where our realization of our state spiritually (before God) is hopeless and we feel honestly bad about what we have done enough to ask God to remove it from our lives. 

The Bible teaches though we may think some people are better than others, no one is right before God.
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”(Romans 3:23) & 
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) 

The promise here is that if we mourn (you may have heard the word repent in church) then God will comfort us.

How does God comfort us? He sets his spirit inside us and changes us.

In verse five, Jesus speaks of the humble.

Humility is not weakness. Someone who is weak isn’t humble, they are weak.

A person who is humble in this scripture is the person who sets aside their self-importance and strength and admits they need God’s help. 

For this scripture, it is the image of someone who knows they are unworthy and are willing to admit they need help. 

QUESTION: What happens to the drowning person who refuses help? 

If you said they probably die you would correct. It is the same for those who are refuse to humble themselves before God and feel bad about what they have done.  

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